Most Poles believe EU member governments have right to use veto - poll

In all, 58 percent of Poles believe that EU member governments have the right to use a veto in a situation in which they are convinced that fundamental interests of a given state are endangered, while 19 percent have the opposite opinion, shows a Social Changes poll.

The percentage of the respondents supporting the privilege of veto power includes 29 percent who gave either a 'definite yes' or a 'rather yes' answer.

Twenty-three percent of those surveyed said 'it was difficult to say.'

The right to resort to a veto is supported by 78 percent of Poles who back the ruling United Right camp and 66 percent of those who favor the opposition Civic Coalition (KO).

Poland and Hungary are the only two countries in the 27-member European bloc to oppose a clause linking EU funding to respect for the rule of law. The two countries, both embroiled in protracted disputes with the EU, have threatened to veto the EU's next seven-year budget.

A Polish veto would also block a EUR 750-billion recovery fund to help European economies battered by the coronavirus crisis.

Social Changes carried out the survey on a representative sample of 1,058 Poles on November 20-23, using the Computer Assisted Web Interview (CAWI) method.